Jun 062014

Lord Voldemort’s plot to steal the Philosopher’s stone.  The basilick.  Befriending Dragons.  Unicorns.  The Centaur Firenze. Was it all J.K. Rowling’s fantasy – or is a bit of history behind the magic of Harry Potter?

On June 9, Laupus Library opens an exciting exhibit that begs the question. “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” will explore the world of Harry Potter and the hocus-pocus of the Renaissance era that inspired it.

“In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born.  Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine.

The exhibit will display and explore potions, monsters, herbology, magical creatures, fantastic beasts and immortality. It will also feature the works of Renaissance-era science, magic and medicine figures like Nicolas Flamel, Konrad Genser and Agrippa von Nettesheim.”

Laupus extends an invitation to everyone – especially Harry Potter fans.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in Harry Potter character attire. The exhibit opens on June 9 at 8:00 a.m. and remains free and open to the public through July 19.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/harrypotter-bookinfo.html.

Kelly R. Dilda
Public Communications Specialist
Laupus Library

Jun 062014

The College of Allied Health Sciences and Dean Stephen Thomas were happy to award eight CAHS scholarships to deserving students enrolled in our College.

Marianne Gross

Marianne Gross and Dean Stephen Thomas

Marianne Gross, daughter of Peter and Ann Gross of Charlotte, N.C., received the State Employees Combined Campaign Scholarship. The scholarship is funded through the contributions of state employees and is awarded based on academic merit. Marianne is a second year student in the Department of Physical Therapy and will graduate in May 2016 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.




Anastasia Hastie

Anastasia Hastie and Dean Stephen Thomas

Anastasia Hastie, daughter of Victoria Kolbakh of Tampa, Fla. and wife of U.S. Marine Christopher Hastie, was awarded the College of Allied Health Sciences Patriot Scholarship. The Patriot Scholarship supports two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any department of the College of Allied Health Sciences. The applicant must be a military member or veteran, or the spouse or child of a military member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. The award is based on academic strength, leadership capability and the potential to contribute to a profession in the field of allied health sciences. Anastasia is a second year student in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and would like to work with veterans and military families after graduating.


Sarah Jaramillo and Dean Stephen Thomas

Sarah Jamarillo, daughter of Allen and Carolynn Marsh of Kittery, Maine and wife of U.S. Marine Tyler Jaramillo, was also awarded the Patriot Scholarship. Sarah will be a second year student in the fall in the Department of Occupational Therapy and will graduate in Dec. 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.




Kaitlyn Puglisi

Kaitlyn Puglisi and Dean Stephen Thomas

Kaitlyn Puglisi, daughter of Jeff and Kelly Puglisi of Clayton, N.C., earned the SGM HermanJ. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate CAHS students who are either active, reserved or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces or the spouse or child of an active, reserve or retired U.S. Armed Forces member, or students who are currently enrolled in the ROTC program. Kaitlyn is a rising senior in the Health Services Management program in the Department of Health Services and Information Management and hopes to work in the Public Health field upon graduation.


Melissa Reynolds and Dean Stephen Thomas

Melissa Reynolds, daughter of David and Beth Reynolds of North Wilkesboro, N.C. received the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled full-time in the College of Allied Health Sciences and is based on academic merit and a history of volunteer service in health care. Melissa is a first year graduate student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in pursuit of becoming a speech-language pathologist upon graduation.

Courtney Spencer

Courtney Spencer and Dean Stephen Thomas


Courtney Spencer, daughter of Len and Robin Spencer of Preston, Conn., has been awarded the East Carolina University Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to full-time junior, senior and graduate students enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences and honors recipients in good academic standing. Courtney is currently in her second year in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences from which she will graduate in 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.


Jamine Ifedi and Dean Stephen Thomas

Jamine Ifedi, son of Ike and Victoria Ifedi of Charlotte, N.C. was awarded the College of Allied Health Sciences Alliance for Excellence Scholarship. The purpose of the College of Allied Health Sciences Alliance for Excellence Scholarship is to provide financial support to students enrolled in the College of Allied Health Sciences based on academic ability, academic major, leadership activities, and extracurricular activities, and other criteria determined appropriate by the CAHS Honors and Awards Committee. Jamine is a rising senior in the Health Services Management program in the Department of Health Services and Information Management department, he hopes to pursue a career in medicine and enroll in Brody School of Medicine upon graduation from CAHS. He is the president and co-founder of The T.E.A.M. (Talented Empowered Aspiring Men) and a resident advisor in Scott Hall.

Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about available scholarships at the College of Allied Health Sciences visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/ah/scholarship.cfm .

Jun 032014
ECU ROTC cadet Teddy Protonentis

ECU ROTC cadet Teddy Protonentis holds the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University’s graduate programs in nursing and business rank among the nation’s best in online education for veterans, according to a listing released May 20 by U.S. News & World Report.

The ECU College of Nursing ranked second in the country for masters of nursing programs. The online Master of Business Administration program in the ECU College of Business ranked 15 in the nation.

Now in its second year, U.S. News ranked bachelor’s programs and online master’s programs in business, computer information technology, education, engineering and nursing to help veterans and service members identify high-quality online degree programs to pursue college or advanced degrees under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“Veterans and active-duty service members face unique challenges as students, from transitioning between bases and grappling with deployment to balancing work and family life upon return,” said Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News, noting the programs’ flexibility.

ECU’s College of Nursing offers seven online options in the master’s of science nursing program: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing leadership and nurse midwifery.

Students have previously completed undergraduate education in nursing and often have extensive clinical experience. Online coursework is augmented by periodic campus visits for hands-on training and education that is overseen by experienced faculty and community-based preceptors close to the students’ home.

“Our online graduate programs offer the flexibility that veterans and active-duty service members need,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, College of Nursing dean. “We’re proud that this flexibility gives those who have served our country access to a first-class nursing education.”

During the 2012-2013 academic year, 45 military veterans and active service members were enrolled in the College of Nursing’s online nursing programs.

The online program in ECU’s College of Business is the largest online MBA program in the UNC system. This spring, there were 21 graduate students and 92 undergraduate students identified as veterans who were enrolled in the College of Business.

“Ties between business institutions and the military are crucial to developing leaders who make a difference in their communities,” said Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business. “The College of Business is proud to enable members of the military to earn their business degrees online, providing new tools and knowledge that prepare them for their next chapter of life. In turn, veterans bring a level of leadership and maturity to our program, enhancing discussions and adding value for their fellow students.”

ECU’s bachelor’s programs ranked 52 in the listing.

ECU, geographically, sits in the center of the third most concentrated military corridor in the country. Craven, Cumberland, Onslow and Wayne counties are home to six major military installations – the biggest are Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune – with approximately 125,000 veterans living in the four counties or a neighboring county.

ECU’s Student Veterans Services provides a seamless transition for veterans – both academically and socially – by helping them become fully integrated into the ECU community, said Trish Goltermann, assistant director of Student Veteran Services. “Our office helps ensure that student veterans are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment, and eventually, transition to civilian employment,” she said.

To be ranked by U.S. News, an online degree program had to report participation in four key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service, such as the GI Bill and membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium. The programs also had to be included in the U.S. News 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released earlier this year. Those programs were measured on criteria including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation, according to U.S. News.

The complete listing can be viewed at http://www.usnews.com.

May 302014

An ECU dental student provides care during Give Kids a Smile Day held earlier this year in Greenville. The annual event is sponsored by the East Central Dental Society and geared to improving children’s oral and overall health.

East Carolina University is helping foster healthier smiles from the mountains to the coast.

On May 16, ECU announced plans to build a dental clinic on U.S. 17 in Bolivia adjacent to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in southeastern North Carolina. And the university’s School of Dental Medicine is scheduled to officially open its fourth community service learning center with a ribbon cutting in Sylva in southwestern North Carolina on June 27.

The Brunswick County center will be the eighth opened by the ECU School of Dental Medicine in underserved areas across the state. Centers are already serving patients in Ahoskie, Elizabeth City, Lillington and Sylva and others are under construction in Spruce Pine, Davidson County and Robeson County.

Led by ECU dental faculty members, fourth-year dental students will receive clinical training at the centers while general dentistry residents also hone their skills at the facilities. The general dentistry centers feature treatment rooms, X-ray equipment, educational space and more.  

The school recently was awarded a $451,955 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division to fund audio-visual technology at the learning centers and to support infrastructure at Ledyard E. Ross Hall, the site of the school on ECU’s health sciences campus.

Students and residents at the centers stay connected to the teaching program at ECU by using a video teleconferencing system to attend lectures, seminars and consultations with specialists. Teleconferencing also allows for remote patient consultation and diagnosis and continuing education for dental faculty and area dentists.

ECU admitted its first class of 52 dental students in 2011. All students are North Carolina residents. The first class will begin seeing patients in the community service learning centers this fall.

Any member of the community – including Medicaid patients – can receive dental care at the centers.

For people who live in and near Greenville, a clinic is open at Ross Hall. Call 252-737-7834 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to learn more or to make an appointment. Or visit http://www.ecu.edu/dental.





May 232014

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start of summer, and an important reminder for water safety.

rwiipw_button_2014_180x150National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, now in is 10th year, focuses on the role swimmers, lifeguards, pool owners and public health officials can take in preventing drowning, pool injuries and outbreaks of water illnesses. It’s a reminder for individuals to help protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recreational water illnesses are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, lakes, rivers or oceans. Diarrhea is the most common illness caused by germs such as norovirus. Skin, ear, respiratory, eye and wound infections also can occur from the germs. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk. Chlorine and other disinfectants do not kill germs instantly. While most are killed within minutes, a germ called Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) can live for days. Swallowing just a mouthful of water with germs can make you sick, CDC officials say.

Steps to prevent illness and injury:

  • Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
  • Shower before and after swimming.
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • Don’t swallow the water you swim in.
  • Parents of young children should take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes or check diapers every 30 to 60 minutes. Change diapers in the bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside where germs can rinse into the water.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury or death for children ages 1 to 4. Every day, 10 people die from drowning, and two of those 10 are children under age 15. For those who survive, more than half are hospitalized or receive advanced care for serious injuries. 

Keep swimmers safe in the water by:

  • Making sure everyone knows how to swim.
  • Using life jackets appropriately.
  • Supervising swimmers.
  • Knowing CPR.

While pool chemicals kill germs and disinfect, they should be handled and stored properly. The CDC reports that preventable injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012. Nearly 2,500 were in children and teenagers, and more than a third occurred at a home rather than a community pool.

Pool owners should always: 

  • Read and follow directions on product labels.
  • Wear safety equipment such as goggles or masks, as directed, when handling pool chemicals.
  • Secure pool chemicals to protect people and animals, and keep young children away when handling chemicals.
  • Never mix different pool chemicals with each other, especially chlorine products with acid.

Have a great, safe summer!